I want to say that the deal the Dodgers have is different than the deal the Mets and Yankees have with the local cable company.
Originally Posted by rjsallstars
In New York, SNY and YES are part of the standard tier. The only tier lower is broadcast basic. So, if you want to watch Lifetime, SciFi, TNT, TBS, etc... you are going to have to pay for SNY and YES.
Sports channels that are bundled into the standard tier (SNY, YES, MSG, MSG+, ESPN, ESPN2, NBCSN) add a lot of money to your cable bill, probably in excess of $10 / mo. The house of mouse can say to a cable company, "If you want ABC, Disney, ABC Family, etc... you are going to have to take the ESPN's, too." Same could be said for the NBC networks (NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, etc..)
You can get around paying for SNY, YES, MSG, and MSG+ by subscribing to Dish and getting just AT120. Funny thing is, they advertise AT120+, which is AT120 + your RSN's. And you need AT120+ to get any any other ala carte package... So, in the NY DMA, you need to pay extra $$ for nothing before you can pay $$ for an ala carte package...
20-Game "A" Plan, Prom Box 423.